This is my final post in a series on organizing clutter hotspots before school begins. If you’re just joining in, here are some handy links to the previous posts:

Organizing School Papers

Craft Supply Organization Ideas

Stuff kids leave out and stuff people give kids

Organization Ideas for Kids’ Clothes and Toys

Stuff to Sell + Books

Today I’m going to share ideas for organizing photos and memorabilia. While I talked about schoolwork and artwork in the post on organizing school papers, what about photos and other memorabilia? Whether you consider yourself a scrapbooker or not, this idea from the Organizing Printables Bundle is one to try on for size.

The school year memory pages give you the perfect starting point for a school-days album for your kiddos. My first thought when I saw these was “How cute!” This was quickly followed by “Darn, I wish these were around when my kids started kindergarten!” But then I realized there’s no reason why I couldn’t use these pages retroactively.

If you’re like me and have older kids (mine are starting 8th and 10th grades!) then you probably have first day of school photos in various places. Some might be in Project Life albums, older photos could be on traditional scrapbook pages, and yet others could still be on your computer. These memory pages offer a simple fix.

First, print out a set of the school year memory pages. Next, grab an empty binder or scrapbook and some sheet protectors. Then, print out your first day of school photos. Fill in the details on the memory pages and slide your pages inside your sheet protectors. Presto! You’ve got the foundation for a school-days album. But why stop there?

Here are some other items you could add to your school-days album:

  • School photos. I always have tons of these leftover. It will be nice for them to have a permanent home.
  • Sports-team photos and ribbons.
  • Class photos.
  • Photos from class parties.
  • Award certificates.
  • Last day of school photos.

Update: The Organizing Printable Bundle Sale has now ended.

Happy organizing (and memory keeping!)


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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and organizing eBooks.

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